Staff ITK - 3/1/18

Posted by Emily Parks on 3/1/2018

Good to Know

BOND SURVEY: New High School Exterior Design

The newest bond survey question focuses on the exterior typology of the school and the community’s preference for the visual look of the campus, which the design team will use to guide the development of the new Sherman High School. Visit the Bond Website to answer the current questions.

Candidate Forum on Education TONIGHT

Please make plans to join us for an informative candidate forum for the opposed candidates running for Texas Lt. Governor and Senate District 30 seats tonight at 6 p.m. at the Cruce Stark Auditorium on the main campus of Grayson College in Denison. Participating candidates include: Scott Milder (R), Mike Collier (D), Craig Estes (R) and Pat Fallon (R). The forum will focus on education issues facing local school districts in Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties. The forum will be held. This forum is sponsored by Grayson College and the school boards in Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties.

Board Briefs Available Online

The Sherman ISD Board Briefs provide an immediate update to the community and staff on board recognition and action following each meeting of the Board of Trustees, including special called meetings. Check out the latest board briefs online!


Let’s Celebrate!

Sherman HS’s Melody Young Earns Seat on TCTA Board

Sherman ISD teachers Melody Young, Paula Rivoire, Jenny Richards, and Christiane Carrasco attended the Texas Classroom Teachers Association annual meeting in Austin as voting delegates for Sherman Classroom Teachers Association. Young, the current District 10 director, was elected to a seat on the TCTA Executive Board. She will serve a two-year term as Budget Committee Chairperson. Congratulations to Melody.

Sherman HS Academics Headed to State

Sherman High School students competed in the Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS) Academic Scholarship Challenge today at Peaster High School. Sherman HS swept the Division II - Area 7 Contest placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. As a result, students earned post secondary scholarships. All three teams will advance to State competition on April 8 in Belton, TX.

Communications Department Wins State Awards

The Sherman ISD Communications Department brought home six state STAR awards from the 2018 Texas Schools Public Relations Association conference. Communications Director Emily Parks won two gold awards for Published News or Feature writing and Best of Category for her article 'Language of Excellence'. Web and Social Media Coordinator Sean Vanderveer won a gold award for Video - General Interest / Feature Series with his video, “4th Grade Field Day.” Emily and Sean shared a silver award for the SISD Building Bearcats Magazine, and a bronze award for their Ready Rosie Flyer. The duo also claimed the top honor of Crystal Commendation for their Photography Portfolio. Congratulations to Sean and Emily!

Board Honors Staff, Team of the Month

Help us celebrate our awesome staff who are #BuildingBearcats and were recognized by the Board of Trustees as our staff of the month for January:

  • Employee of the Month: Charleston Boyd, Wakefield Elementary School
  • Elementary Teacher of the Month: Jessica Moore, Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center
  • Secondary Teacher of the Month: Steve Gentry, DAEP
  • Team of the Month: Boot Camp Team, Boot Camp


Professional Learning

Online Master’s Program at UMHB

Are you interested in furthering your education? The MSEd in Sport Administration at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a completely online graduate program that prepares students for leadership positions in schools, athletics, industry, etc.  The program is designed to be completed in as little as one year if so desired.  Those with a valid Texas teaching certificate, at least 2 years of teaching experience, and acceptance into the principal certification pathway are eligible to sit for the Texas principal certification exam.  UMHB does not require a GRE score as part of the admissions process.  For more information, go to: or to view our program brochure.


What’s Happening

Band on the Run 5K March 3

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome at the starting line at Piner Middle School at 402 W. Pecan in Sherman Saturday, March 3 for the Band on the Run 5K, supporting the Sherman HS band program. Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 7 a.m., Mini-K Fun Run starts at 8 a.m.; the 5k race start is 8:30 a.m. Online registration is at  search for the event using Sherman, Texas. For more information, contact Leigh-Ellen Romm, or  903-267-5976.

Choir Hosts “Broadway Night Out” March 3

SHerman High School Choir hosts “Broadway Night Out” Saturday, March 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at North Park Baptist Church, 2605 Rex Cruise Drive. “Broadway Night Out” is an important scholarship fundraising event for the Sherman High School Choir. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Join us for an evening of entertainment, desserts, and fabulous silent auction items!

Pre-K, Head Start Early Registration March 7-8

Early application for the FDECC Pre-K and Head Start/Early Head Start Program for qualifying students will be held March 7, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and March 8, from 8 a.m. to Noon, at the SISD Service Center, 2701 Loy Lake Road.

School Breakfast Week March 5-9

Eating a healthy breakfast is so important for students. Please help us celebrate National School Breakfast week March 5-9. As a reminder, breakfast is free or at a reduced price for eligible students.  
There will be hot or cold breakfast available daily with a choice of assorted fruits and milk. The Food Services Department will have promotional giveaways periodically during the month of March to help celebrate National School Breakfast.


Department News

Partners in Education: Employee PERKS program benefits staff

The Sherman ISD Partners in Education PERKS program provides employees special discounts on products and services from local businesses in the Texoma community. It is offered to employees free of charge and is a small way SISD and the community can thank you for your continuing effort and dedication to provide an excellent education for the children of our community. Check out the current PERKS!

Be Sure You are In the Know!

Are you up to date on what’s happening in Sherman ISD? Be sure to read your weekly ITK. The purpose of the Staff ITK is three-fold: to inform, to celebrate and to invite. The newsletter informs staff about events, administrative issues, developments and activities, board action, professional development opportunities and more. Staff and student accomplishments, honors and awards will be celebrated across the district. Each month, surprise trivia, games, and chances to win fun, delicious, and unique prizes will be embedded in the ITK for you to find and (hopefully) win. Have fun and thanks for being In the Know!


Upcoming Dates

3/2/2018 Read Across America Day
3/2/2018 8:00 AM Varsity Tennis at Sulphur Springs Tournament
3/2/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9th Soccer vs Anna
3/3/2018 Household Hazardous Waste Removal
3/3/2018 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Band on the Run 5K
3/5/2018 - 3/9/2018 School Breakfast Week
3/5/2018 - 3/9/2018 Texas Public Schools Week for SISD
3/6/2018 Track & Field Celina Relays
3/6/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9 / JV / V Soccer vs Wichita Falls
3/6/2018 4:30 PM JV / V Ladycats Softball vs Denton High
3/6/2018 5:30 PM Ladycats JV / V Soccer @ Wichita Falls
3/7/2018 8:00 AM JV Tennis at Ryan Raider Spring Tournament
3/8/2018 8:00 AM Varsity Tennis at Arlington Seguin Tournament
3/8/2018 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sherman HS Career Expo
3/9/2018 Track at Celina - JV / V Girls & JV / V Boys
3/9/2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM End of 3rd 9 weeks
3/9/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9th Soccer @ Gainesville
3/9/2018 4:00 PM Boys JV / V Soccer @ Denison
3/9/2018 4:30 PM JV / V Ladycats Softball at Denton Braswell
3/9/2018 5:30 PM Ladycats JV / V Soccer vs Denison
3/10/2018 JV Ladycats Softball JV Tournament
3/11/2018 Daylight Savings Time
3/12/2018 - 3/16/2018 11:59 PM Spring Break
3/13/2018 4:30 PM JV / V Ladycats Softball vs Denton Ryan
3/19/2018 Staff Development/Student Holiday
3/20/2018 4:30 PM JV Ladycats at Bells
3/21/2018 3:30 PM Wildcat Tennis @ Denison
3/22/2018 Track at Paris - JV / V Girls & JV / V Boys
3/22/2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PrideAPalooza Lunch
3/23/2018 - 3/24/2018 Varsity Tennis at Beachcomber Classic
3/23/2018 4:30 PM JV / V Ladycats Softball at Wichita Falls
3/23/2018 5:30 PM Ladycats Varsity Soccer vs Melissa (Bi-District Warmup)
3/23/2018 7:15 PM Boys Varsity Soccer vs Melissa
3/26/2018 7:00 PM School Board Meeting
3/27/2018 Track & Field Denison Relays
3/27/2018 8:00 AM JV Tennis @ Sulphur Springs Tournament
3/27/2018 4:00 PM Wildcat Tennis @ Greenville
3/27/2018 5:00 PM JV / V Ladycats Softball vs Denison
3/29/2018 Track at Bonham - JV / V Girls & JV / V Boys
3/29/2018 8:00 AM Varsity Tennis at Richland Rebel Tournament
3/29/2018 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sory Chick-fil-a Spirit Night
3/29/2018 4:30 PM JV / V Ladycats Softball vs WF Rider
3/30/2018 No School - Student/Staff Holiday